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    3M Medical Tapes

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    A choice that’s critical to care.

    The right medical tape matters.

    Skin is the body’s first line of defense against infection. Which means protecting and maintaining the integrity of the skin is critically important.

    The medical tapes you choose, as well as how you apply and remove them, make a difference. Improper use of medical tapes is more common than you might think, and may seriously impact clinical outcomes, cost targets and patient care. As medical adhesive experts, we’re here to help make your tape choice simple and offer you the right medical tapes for your clinical needs.

    The four core 3M medical tapes to meet your clinical needs.

    • Four colored icons that symbolize extra gentle, multi-purpose, flexible and high-adhesion

      According to the Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of the Science consensus statements, the foremost consideration when selecting an adhesive product is intended use or purpose of the product.¹

    You have a job to do.

    • Which 3M medical tape should you choose?

      Generally speaking, most facilities have three types of securement needs: general securement, flexible securemnt and critical device/tube securement (see chart below for examples and click red dots to learn more).

      At 3M, we’ve made it easy to meet nearly all your securement needs while choosing the right tape for the right patient and application.

  • 3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape
    • Ideal for patients with sensitive, compromised or at-risk skin
    • Provides gentle adhesion and removes cleanly without disrupting fragile skin layers or causing patients pain
    • Easy to reposition without compromising adhesion
    • Easy, bi-directional tear
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    3M™ Transpore™ White Surgical Tape
    • Offers comparable adhesion to 3M™ Transpore™ Surgical Tape with the gentleness of 3M™ Micropore™ Surgical Tape
    • Good initial and long-term adhesion (72 hours) on damp or dry skin
    • Easy, bi-directional tear
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    3M™ Medipore™ H Soft Cloth Surgical Tape
    • Soft cloth material to maintain skin integrity
    • Multi-directional stretch accommodates swelling, distention and movement, and helps minimize the risk for skin injury such as tension blisters
    • Perforated and easy to tear
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    3M™ Durapore™ Advanced Surgical Tape
    • Exceptional adhesion in challenging conditions
    • Adheres to skin, tubes, devices and itself
    • Minimal edge lift
    • Is not made with natural rubber latex but provides better adhesion characteristics than latex containing tapes²
    • Easy bi-directional hand tear​
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    The impact of not choosing the right tape.

    • Blue plus sign that stands for clinical impact

      Clinical impact

      Choosing a tape with too much adhesion may result in Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury, or MARSI. While choosing a tape with too little adhesion can result in unplanned device or tube dislodgement.

    • Green dollar sign icon that stands for cost impact

      Cost impact

      Complications like MARSI, unplanned extubations and infections due to tape cross-contamination – which may result from improper medical tape use – may dramatically increase length-of-stay and facility costs.

    • Purple patient icon that stands for patient impact

      Patient impact

      Unplanned extubations and infections can lead to longer hospital stays, while MARSI can cause pain, increase the risk of infection and delay healing – all of which may take a toll on patient quality of life.

    • Infographic that reads for every hundred patients who receive a medical tape application, 55 treatments for MARSI will be needed.
    • Infographic that reads unplanned extubations can lead to a median increase of 5.5 days for ICU patients, and 6.5 days for pediatric patients.
    • Infographic that reads 74 percent of partially used tape rolls from various sites within the hospital had some bacterial growth.

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    Consider single-use rolls to help reduce the risk of infection and fight waste.

    To combat cross-contamination, Federal and CDC guidelines suggest that items such as rolls of adhesive tape not be shared between patients.⁵ Facilities that follow this recommendation often dedicate one roll of tape to each patient. With traditional rolls of tape, however, up to 85% of that tape roll can end up being discarded.⁶ To support good infection prevention practices and waste reduction at the same time, consider using single-patient-use rolls.

    • One-dimensional image of a tape roll with 74 percent of it shaded in.
    • Infographic that reads 74 percent of partially used tape rolls from various sites within the hospital had some bacterial growth.

    Learn how to protect your patients from Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI)

    • What is MARSI?

      Skin tears, skin stripping and tension blisters are commmon but avoidable examples of MARSI. MARSI is damage to the skin that may occur when medical adhesives are not selected, applied and/or removed properly.

    Learn how to protect patients from Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury, or MARSI.
    Learn. Protect. Prevent

    3M℠ Securement Optimization Program

    The right mix of securement solutions, plus proper application and removal, can have a real impact on clinical outcomes, costs and patient satisfaction. Our team of experts will, at no cost, conduct an audit, analyze the data, and recommend the right securement solutions for your patient care and cost management goals.

    Discover how 3M can help optimize your medical tape mix.
    Discover how 3M can help optimize your securement mix.


    • ¹McNichol, L., Lund, C., Rosen, T., & Gray, M. (2013). Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of the Science. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence,40(4), 365-380.
      ²3M data on file. EM-05-014441.
      ³Maene, B. (2013). Hidden costs of medical tape-induced skin injuries. Wounds UK, 9(1), 46-50.
      ⁴Roddy, D. J., MD, Spader, M. C., MD, MS, Pastor, W., MA, MPH, Stockwell, D. C., MD, MBA, & Klugman, D., MD, MMS. (2015, July). Unplanned Extubations in Children: Impact on Hospital Cost and Length of Stay. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 16(6), 572-575.
      ⁵Federal Register Vol 72, No. 73 Rules and regulations (73 FR 20373 4/15/2008).
      ⁶3M Market Research Data on File (2010/2011).
      ⁷Lavelle BE. Reducing the risk of skin trauma related to medical adhesives, Managing Infection Control, June 2004.

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